The author of more than 165 works, Angela Hunt has sold nearly six million copies of her books worldwide. She has been honored with awards such as the coveted Christy Award, several Angel Awards for Excellence in Media, and Gold and Silver Medallions from Foreword’s Book of the Year Award, among others.
Angela holds a doctorate in biblical studies and a ThD. She and her husband reside in Florida.
If someone asked you to describe yourself with one word, what word would that be?
The Author and Creator of our lives often writes in a twist that ultimately blesses us more than our original plan. Have you ever experienced such a “Divine Detour”?
Of course! I have made many plans that were shut down only to be divinely replaced by infinitely better ones.
Let’s talk about your new book, What a Wave Must Be (Focus on the Family, November 2023). Please tell us about it.
Seventeen-year-old Maddie is left reeling after the unexpected passing of her beloved father. No one has any idea why he betrayed them all so spectacularly, but that’s exactly what his death feels like: a betrayal. With their world shattered, Maddie’s grieving mother sends her to spend a few months with her grandparents, thinking a change of scenery will do her good.
Susan and Frank, Maddie’s grandparents, are heartbroken over the loss of their son, but they welcome Maddie as an addition to their long-empty nest. Maddie settles in and makes friends at her new school, but she still wrestles with why her father took his own life. Then an unexpected twist throws all their lives into fresh turmoil, testing the very fabric of their faith.
What led you to write this story?
Focus on the Family wanted to do novels about contemporary social issues. Jerry Jenkins contacted writers and edited the three books, and I’m thrilled to be associated with Chris Fabry and Tamera Alexander in this endeavor.
What part does faith play in it?
The adult characters, including the man who takes his life, are believers. Maddie, the teenager, is not. So the adults have to deal with their own grief as they try to model Christian hope and faith for their granddaughter. Not always easy to do.
What advice do you have for younger writers?
I would encourage young writers to start writing small things before attempting a novel. I wrote nonfiction pieces for five years before I even thought about writing a book. It’s a process, not something that you can learn overnight.
When the words aren’t flowing—or when you want to celebrate if they are—what is your favorite comfort food and why?
Depends on my mood, but I love bubble gum!
In the story that is your life, are you the strong, female lead; the girl next door; the mysterious woman behind dark glasses; the super heroine; or the little girl trying to walk in high heels?
The strong female lead. I love strong women and try to write them. They aren’t out to BE men or OUTDO men, but they’re not likely to wait for a man to rescue them, either. This is why I’ve learned how to wire my own ceiling fans.
Thank you, Angela! It’s nice to have you as a guest at Divine Detour.
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